December 21, marks the Winter Solstice and is a really important day in Taoist and Shamanic traditions because it marks a critical transition. This is the day where the YIN energy on our planet (Northern hemisphere) is at its highest (longest night) and YANG energy at its lowest (shortest day). [It is the exact opposite for the Southern hemisphere] Essentially, it is the endpoint in the “funnel” or “hour glass” of time as it moves through a 4 dimensional tauroidal field.
According to these traditions Winter is a time for hibernation, reflection and the doing on small things that require little output of energy. It is a time to be introspective, to review the past year, examine what worked well for you and what did not produce the results you wanted. It is a time to conserve all of your energy “Qi” so you can recover from the past year’s activities and prepare for the coming new year and Spring which accompanies new growth, new goals and possibly new directions in your life.
However, most of the time, the month of December is far from restful for most people with holiday shopping, parties, over eating, over drinking, driving in more traffic, being out in the elements of rain, snow and cold when you should be warm and restful indoors.
Even though I am one of those people who enjoy participating and hosting many holiday gatherings and festivities such as my Annual Pilgrims & Indians Thanksgiving Dinner, Annual Christmas Cookie Costuming & Bake Night and Annual Holiday Party, I also take the time each December to go inward and reflect on the past year.
My year in review culminates in an annual Wotai Ceremony, now in it’s eleventh year, in which a group of personal friends come together for our annual multi-day New Year’s event gathering. Amongst the fun festivities, elaborate themed and costumed dinner party, each person also takes some time on their own for personal reflection. The day of our Wotai Ceremony the group comes together with their intentions and our ceremony begins. It is a meaningful ritual and a very powerful one for supporting personal change, intentions and transformation. I will write more on this in January.
In this busy holiday season, I encourage you to give your self the introspective time for end of year reflection and create your own ceremony or ritual to support the positive changes you would like to effect for your Self in 2012.
Blessings & Light To All!